Today's News

  • West Brunswick claims emotional Senior Night victory

     SHALLOTTE – Senior setter Payton Roberts tried to fight back the tears as she walked across the volleyball court during a Senior Night ceremony prior to West Brunswick’s varsity game against North Brunswick on Oct. 5 in Shallotte.

    When one of her underclassmen teammates read aloud a letter that Roberts wrote to her parents, coaches, teammates and friends, she lost that battle and tears streamed down the sides of her face.

    When the ceremony ended, Roberts wiped the tears away, hugged her mother and father and hit the court for warmups.

  • Hoggard blasts West Brunswick 45-7

     SHALLOTTE – The West Brunswick High School varsity football team entered an Oct. 6 home contest against Hoggard as heavy underdogs, but hung with the powerful Vikings for the first 12 minutes.

    Hoggard struck quickly in the second frame and erased any hopes of a Trojan upset as the Vikings stormed to a 45-7 victory at M.H. Rourk Stadium to stay unbeaten on the 2017 season.

    The Trojan defense forced three consecutive Hoggard three-and-outs to begin the game, but the Vikings got rolling offensively on their fourth drive of the game.

  • New West boys’ basketball coach unveils new youth league

     SHALLOTTE – When Ty Johnson was hired as the new boys’ basketball coach at West Brunswick High School, he already had an idea to build a youth feeder program.

    He transformed the idea into a reality recently with the announcement of a West Brunswick Youth Basketball League that will hold its inaugural season beginning in November.

    The league will be made up of boys in fifth through eighth grades, but registration is limited to the first 100 boys who sign up.

    Registration ends Oct. 23, Johnson said.

  • Winning cures ills, losing builds character

     I’m sure we the Beacon has thousands of readers who are professional football fans, which brings me to this…

    No, I’m not going to talk about the national anthem or Colin Kaepernick or Mike Pence or “respecting the flag” or anything else.

    I’m going to write about something we’ve all heard and read plenty about, since the time we were young kids playing sports until now – sportsmanship.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office reports

    Released at 10:32 a.m. Oct. 11, 2017, by Emily B. Flax, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office public information officer/community engagement

  • Southport police investigate cooler thefts

    The Southport Police Department is asking for help to find two coolers stolen after the King Mackerel Tournament last weekend.

    People in a golf cart pulled up to the Southport Marina and stole a blue Michelob Ultra cooler and a red Budweiser cooler Oct. 7 and 8, respectively, according to a police department Facebook post. The coolers are valued at $1,000 each.

    Anyone with information is asked to call the police department at 457-7911.

  • Weighty issue prompts lifestyle change

    By Mike O'Hare

    Guest Columnist

    When John Schliewenz did what many of us have done — retire and move to Brunswick County — little did he know he would do something that would prove to be inspirational to many others.

  • You decide: Should North Carolina make a bid for Amazon’s second headquarters?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    When I joined the faculty of North Carolina State University four decades ago, buying books — an occupational necessity for academics — was tedious and time-consuming. I’d first contact the NCSU bookstore, which then ordered the book from the publisher. When it arrived, usually weeks later, I would then spend at least 45 minutes walking to and from the bookstore to retrieve the book.

  • Police investigate stabbing at Leland Food Lion

    Police are investigating an incident last week at Leland’s Food Lion where a woman was stabbed with an oyster knife.

    A Leland police report shows the 44-year-old victim, whose name was redacted, was stabbed Oct. 2 at the store at 103 Village Road. Her condition was not available.

    E911 dispatch records show someone called at 9:19 p.m. to report their daughter had been attacked and stabbed.

    No other information, including a description of the woman’s attacker, was available.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week, the North Carolina House of Representatives and Senate were in special session Oct. 4 and Thursday, Oct. 5.

    We welcomed a new member, Bob Muller of Pender County, passed a major elections bill, passed new districts for our judges and District Attorneys, and we overrode the governor’s vetoes on two important bills, including the GenX funding.